Patty took mounds of the white fluffy stuff and rolled and patted the stuff into a sphere. She used some more and made a slightly smaller sphere and put it atop the large one. Then she made a small sphere and put that on top of the medium-sized one.
Patty mushed two round green eyes into the face. A piece of floppy deep magenta stuff made a nice smile. A baby carrot made a huge nose in proportion to the rest. The green arms were a bit stiff. Patty was looking around for something to use for a snowman hat or scarf. She looked out the window. It was dark out already and she couldn't see the real snowman she made in the yard earlier in the day.
"Honey, you're just playing with your food. Your potato man is cute, but please EAT your food."
"Okay, Mom," sighed Patty.
Patty took the celery sticks out of the potato and set them at the side of the plate. She took the peas out of the eye sockets and put them under her plate, as usual. She picked the beet string up with her fingers and popped it into her mouth. The pink stain it left in the potatoes was pretty. The little baby carrot was cute it its own way. Patty talked nicely to the baby carrot before she tossed it in her mouth.
"Patty, you're dawdling. Please stop playing with your food," said Mom.
Patty just sighed. She pulled the bowl of gravy closer to her plate and spooned some gravy over the head of the potato figure so that it dripped over the whole thing.
"Look, Mom," said Patty, "It's Carrie." She smiled at her handiwork.
"Just EAT the food, Patty," said Mom.
"Okay, Mom," Patty sighed again and slumped her shoulders.
"And eat all those peas under your plate. Don't waste food," said Mom.
"I don't like peas," protested Patty.
"Well, eat them anyway. They're good for you. It's just food. You don't have to like it," said Mom.
"I know!" blurted Patty. "I'll pretend they're little green fish eyeballs like the eyeballs little Norwegian kids eat for candy." Patty smiled broadly.
"Patty, just EAT the food," Mom said impatiently.
"If eating fish makes you smarter," continued Patty, "then eating fish eyeballs must make you see smarter."
"Whatever, Patty. Just EAT the food,"
Patty picked up exactly two peas at a time and put them on her spoon before putting them in her mouth. After the whole pile of peas and every pea under the plate had been eaten, Patty looked up and said, "Mom, I like peas now. I didn't before, but now I do."
"See, you're getting smarter now, aren't you," said Mom.